Greek festival brings family, friends together

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of an event steeped in tradition and one that offers a chance for friends and family to gather surrounded by delicious food.

The annual Holy Trinity Greek Food Festival signals to us that the summer season has arrived and that our area’s festival season is upon us.

The festival truly is about food, with popular dishes including the special Greek roasted chicken, boneless leg of lamb, baked fish, lamb stew, sausage and souvlaki in addition to perennial favorite gyros and dolmades, the delicious stuffed grape leaves. And there are entrees including mousaka, spanakopita and more. Pastries from traditional baklava to diples and bread pudding will be available.

But it’s also about learning about Grecian culture, with the Greek Company Orchestra making an appearance, featuring many Hellenic music styles.

The festival holds a deep meaning for the members of the church, a stalwart of the South End of Steubenville, which has undergone major renovations in recent years.

Outdoor entertainment will be ongoing each day. And the vendor lineup will include Steubenville’s Nelson Fine Arts, an olive oil vendor and jewelry and art vendors.

The gyro booth on the midway on South Street next to the church will be joined by a baklava sundae booth, making the popular treat available for visitors outside. The sundaes also will be available in the church hall, which includes the full array of delicious home-cooked Greek meals and baked goods.

The church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a point of pride for its parishioners, many of whom prepare the dishes known far and wide as a wonderful, tasty sign of summer in Steubenville.

We hope area residents continue to stop by the festival and take part in the joy of the Greek community beginning Tuesday. Visitors can attend from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.